ADDRESS GIVEN BY THE UNILAG ALUMNI PRESIDENT (WORLDWIDE), ENGR. IFEOLUWA OYEDELE, FNSE, AT THE NORTH AMERICAN CHAPTER CONVENTION HELD ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2023 IN ATLANTAAugust 18, 2023
Chemistry Class of ’83 has donated various laboratory equipment to the Chemistry Department, University of Lagos, 40 years after graduation.
The delegation included Mrs. Jumoke Odusami, Chief Larry Ojoko, Mr. Lucas Alabi, Mr. Chike Maduagwu and Mr. Kolawole Kalejaiye – a former National Treasurer of the UNILAG Alumni Association. Other members of the class also joined the presentation virtually including Mr. Segun Oloketuyi, a former Managing Director of Wema Bank Plc.
The delegation was received by the Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Elijah Oyeyemi; Head of Department, Prof. Olusegun Ayejuyo; Prof. Wesley Okiei, a former Head of the Department; Prof. Lukman Adams and Prof. Oluwole Familoni, a Professor of Chemistry and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos.
In his welcome address, the HOD, Prof. Olusegun Ayejuyo commended the Class for their kind gesture and noted that the timing of their visit and donation was historic – being 40 years since they left the department. He hailed the spirit of camaraderie they displayed in working with him and his team even without personal connection or relations with him.
The Dean, Prof. Elijah Oyeyemi represented by Prof. Adebayo Ogunkanmi, Head, Department of Cell Biology & Genetics, in his remarks appreciated the set for their thoughtfulness and noted that it was the second time a set would donate to the department. He also showered encomiums and prayers on the ‘August visitors’.
Speaking on behalf of the class, Mrs. Jumoke Odusami declared that the donated items were carefully selected after interactions with the staff to find out the things needed by the department. The items were then formally handed over to the Head of Department by Chief Larry Ojoko.
The items donated include: Colorimeter (2), Table-top pH meter (5), Conducting Meter (5), Deionized Meter (2), Analytical Balace (1).
While thanking the set, Prof. Wole Familoni, the first alumnus head of the department, said that the donation was timely as the cost of equipment and chemicals have skyrocketed. He explained that the donation would go a long way to subsidise the cost of procuring them by the department.
The donation ceremony was also attended by representatives of the National Secretariat of the Unilag Alumni Association including Mrs. Yetunde Abatan, Executive Secretary; Mr. Seun Badejo , Alumni Relations Manager and Mr. Jeremiah Olatinwo, Digital Media Officer.
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